The Paralympic Games begin on August 24 with the opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020, followed by twelve days of competition and awards until September 5. Athletes from 163 countries and regions – including the Refugee Paralympic Team – will compete in 23 Paralympic sports. Meanwhile, their inspiring accomplishments will put their lives and personal challenges in the public spotlight like never before.
To celebrate, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) released their very first official video game, âPegasus Dream Tourâ with âAvatar GALA Partiesâ. The role-playing game (RPG) was developed by the Tokyo company JP Games, Inc., and it’s a free download that takes you to a virtual location that looks like the Olympic stadium.
I downloaded the game and found it offers an interactive preview of what the para-athletes themselves will experience during the Games, including participating in virtual races. It only took a few minutes for me to select my avatar choices, set the language to English, and complete the download. Guided by Doraemon, I became a para-athlete, ran a race, trained to be a better athlete, and met new virtual characters and other friends. The settings include the virtual Olympic stadium and the “Pegasus Village” video game setting.
Four popular Japanese artists participate in the IPC. And in addition to the challenges of virtual sporting events, fans will be able to help these real musicians and artists organize their own unique themed virtual concerts in RPG fashion.
As the Paralympic Games begin, three virtual concerts are scheduled with popular Japanese artists, as well as a series of virtual events leading up to each concert. Popular groups Pikotaro, Dreams Come True and J Soul Brothers III showed early support for the key concept for what became the world’s first Paralympic video game. The group Tokyo Gegegay also, which ended its virtual concert during the Olympic Games in Tokyo which have just ended.
Artists come together to promote positivity and social good
Artists gather with fans inside the Pegasus Dream Tour to enjoy RPGs while promoting the cause of social good through live virtual concert events. Fans, of course, have their own opportunity to help improve society by simply attending the Avatar GALA party in the virtual Pegasus Village and helping to make every live interactive concert a success.
In addition to the RPG-style live concerts, there will be RPG-style stories leading up to the same day virtual live performances. For approximately 2 weeks between the start of event activities and the day of the live concert, players can help build each artist’s concert hall by playing mini-games. New interactive experiences await players, such as call and answer emoticons (for a greater sense of oneness during the live concert), and a backstory whose climax involves both performers and fans join forces and prevent concerts from being wiped out.
Pikotaro Virtual Matchmaking Event and Concert
First up for the Paralympic Games is the Pikotaro / Pikofest âMatchmakingâ event, which runs from Monday August 9 to Saturday August 21, then ends with live concerts on Sunday August 22 at 11:00 am, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm (Japan Standard Time).
Pikotaro is famous for connecting various objects using his left and right hands in the hit song, PPAP. He unveiled his song PPAP on YouTube in 2016, which, by combining the numbers of the Pikotaro channel and the Ultra Music channel, was listened to 600 million times. Including similar videos, that number reaches a whopping 2 billion views.
He is currently using his experience as a promoter of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) to make these ideals accessible and disseminate them around the world for his ultimate goal of world peace.
For the virtual event, Pikotaro will become an avatar and use his famous âconnectâ power to invite and connect users from around the world with laughs in his joyfully fun live show. Pikotaro believes that a virtual monument must be resurrected to achieve its goal before its live concert. But he has to bring in players to build it for him. What will the participating avatars ultimately create for his live show?
Asked about his avatar and his aspirations for the project, the artist said: âI am Piko-proud to be a part of this project with such awesome members! Whether in real life or online, Piko will always be Piko! I take your pen, and I take your apple, and uh! Connect them! We will connect with friends around the world and share our smiles and Piko-peace! “
Virtual dreams come true / Let’s Evolution!
Then, “Evolution”, an interactive program and a live concert by the virtual members of the Japanese group, “Dreams come trueâWhich occur in both English and Japanese. The group will organize its event from Tuesday August 24 to Saturday September 4. Then they are expected to perform simultaneously at the real Tokyo Paralympic Games and in the virtual Pegasus Village during the Paralympic Games closing ceremonies.
Prepare for a surprise, when the real athletes inside the venue start to experience some sort of âweirdâ reaction to the procedureâ¦ What will happen? Only those who will witness this next-generation virtual concert experience will find out!
âWe are going to inflate this grand finale! We can’t wait to be able to perform with the avatars of the athletes! Let the party begin! âSaid MASADO & MIWASCO of Virtual Dreams Come True (Masato Nakamura – bassist, composer and arranger, and Miwa Yoshida – singer, songwriter and performer).
Definitely mark your calendar and join the virtual live concert on Sunday, September 5th. Concert hours are 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (JST).
To complete it all with “Wellbeing” by J Soul Brothers III
Finally, players and avatars will be able to experience the role-playing game with the virtual alter egos of the seven performers and singers of the popular Japanese group J Soul Brothers III, a spin-off of the EXILE tribe. Their event, called Wellbeing, will focus on saving the soul of Pegasus Village from closure after the Paralympic Games are over, so it can continue to do good deeds for the world.
Can they succeed? Only the fans, teaming up with the group, can make it happen.
Join EXILE’s NAOTO leader, Naoki Kobayashi, ELLY, Kenjiro Yamashita, Takanori Iwata, Ryuji Imaichi and Hiroomi Tosaka, for the J. Soul Brothers III virtual event, which starts on Monday September 6 and runs through Saturday 18 September.
Their virtual live concert will take place on Sunday, September 19. Concert times are 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. (JST), one of which is bound to work for you no matter what time zone you live in. ..
When asked why they were doing it, the group released a statement saying, âWe are taking on a new challenge in incorporating role-playing games into our live shows. Compared to our conventional live shows, this is a type of entertainment that offers a different way to enjoy! We want to give parasports a boost by doing virtual live performances. Let’s get together with people from all over the world at Pegasus Village! “
The Pegasus Dream Tour is based on an entirely new concept where players have a positive impact on the world and approach social issues through play, allowing them to become involved in social good on an individual basis.
Presentation of the game
Game title: The Pegasus Dream Tour
Genre: Massive Avatar RPG
Launch: June 24, 2021
Distribution region: Worldwide
Platforms: iOS, Android
Supported languages: Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish
Price: Free for a regular game (in-app purchases available)
Official site: https://pegasus-dream.com/en
Official Twitter: @ PegasusCity2021
Copyright: Â© 2021 JP GAMES, Inc. THE PEGASUS DREAM TOUR and the shield logo are trademarks of JP GAMES, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
Â© 2021 The International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
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Author: JAPAN Onward